Those historic Pride and Prejudice filming locations revealed
The head-strong Elizabeth Bennet faces off with the seemingly snobbish Mr Darcy in this classic adaptation, but something tells us the two might be perfect for each other.
Adapted from one of Jane Austen’s best-loved novels, part of the success of Pride and Prejudice is down to its carefully chosen locations, which needed to be historically accurate, as well as creating the right vibe. Lots of country estates and period homes feature in this very British series.
Read on to find out where Pride and Prejudice was filmed.
OK, so it may not have been in Austen’s book, but there’s no doubt that lake scene was a firm favourite with viewers. The scene was set in Mr Darcy’s grand home of Pemberley. The National Trust property of Lyme Park was used for exteriors. Built in Palladian and Baroque styles, it certainly makes an impressive backdrop. Visitors can tour the house and over 1,000 acres of grounds including a deer park, formal gardens, and yes, the famous lake. Sadly, you may not spot any handsome men emerging from it, unless you take your own.
The interiors of Mr Darcy’s home were filmed in Sudbury Hall, another National Trust property. Sudbury Hall has a Restoration style, so the finicky may notice some of the interior and exterior features don’t match, but it is nonetheless suitably grand for Mr Darcy. Sudbury Hall is a popular day trip, as you can tour the house and gardens, and visit the National Trust Museum of Childhood, set inside the old servants’ quarters.
Scenes at Elizabeth’s more modest, but still beautiful, home of Longbourn were filmed at a house called Luckington Court in a Wiltshire village. Unfortunately, it’s a private house so it’s not somewhere you can visit. This Grade II listed house was on the market for a cool £9.5m a few years ago, so you’d need Mr Darcy-level riches to buy the place. At the time, the press rumoured that Prince Harry had bought the house for himself and then-fiancée Meghan Markle, but this was later disproved.
Pride and Prejudice filming locations: Ramshaw Rocks, Leek, Staffordshire
The Bennet family live in the quaint fictional village of Meryton. When adapting the novel, the crew chose Lacock, a small, historic village that’s mostly owned by the National Trust. Many period dramas have been filmed in the village, as well as Hollywood movies, so you might recognise more than one of the locations along its cobbled streets. Lacock Abbey’s medieval cloisters were also used in flashback scenes when we see Mr Darcy at the University of Cambridge in his youth.